You might have noticed that my monthly goal review post for June wasn’t posted… and if you didn’t that’s okay lol. I just couldn’t bring myself to do one when June rolled around. Monthly goals are a great way to stay motivated and focused but my process was getting a bit boring. As a general rule, I don’t like writing/posting about a topic I as a reader would not find beneficial or would bore me so I figured it was time for a new approach.
Many moons ago I asked for your input on what challenges you like to see held on the blog (but never hesitate to start a challenge on the JGA forum!). I saved every suggestion and filed them away for later use. While brainstorming how to switch up my monthly goal posts, my mental light bulb switched on. There are number of “basics” I’ve been slacking on that I’d love to get back. You lovelies and this blog help keep me accountable and I love reading about your journey and successes so let’s back to the basics (or achieve healthier hair though new techniques) together.
For the next couple of months, rather than list 3 or 4 goals for the month I want to target one area that needs improvement and focus on that. The plan will be to post helpful roadmaps or how to’s for anyone joining me for the month and open it to you as a monthly challenge.
30 DAY WITH CERAMIDES CHALLENGE
My ends have been plagued with splits recently and I can’t help but notice that this has been happening during a period when I rarely use ceramides. When I used ceramides frequently (for sealing and hot oil treatments) I never had an issue with spit ends. Last month I went back sealing with grapeseed oil every night and my ends look worlds better! My splits have drastically decreased *twirls and throws confetti* I plan to continue to seal with grapeseed oil each time I moisturize and will be doing weekly bi-weekly hot oil treatments with an oil that contains ceramides (e.g. the oils listed in the banner up above… except hemp oil. Heat degrades hemp oil).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CERAMIDES?
The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair. For more on ceramides, check out these great posts: Ceramides: Patching up Damaged Hair and Ceramides: Remedy for Dry, Damaged Hair?
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you’d like to join me, the rules are very simple:
- Incorporate ceramides into your regimen at least one way. Examples: either by sealing with an oil, hot oil treatments, or using a conditioner that contains ceramides.
- Join the sign up list below.
- Keep track of how your hair is improving from the use of ceramides.
- Share your results with us. At the end of the month, I’ll do a review post. If you have a blog you’ll be able to link your update post to share your results and photos with us OR if you do not have a blog, you can email me your photos and your update and I will include your update in the post.
Thank you for joining! I’m so excited to see your progress at the end of the month!